My Thoughts. . .
Monday, June 17, 2019
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? . . . for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV).
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV).
If God is dwelling in me, why do I wait until the dinner table, bedtime, or Sunday to talk with Him?
If God is dwelling in me, why do I think He is too far away to hear, know, or love me?
If God is dwelling in me, why do I feel He has vacated the premises because I am not perfect?
If God is dwelling in me, why does my culture and church tradition impress me with the idea that I must wear special clothing on Sunday to honor or respect Him when I arrive at a specific geographical address? Am I not honoring or respecting Him on Monday?
If God is dwelling in me, why am I told I will enter into His presence when I arrive at a building that contains a “sanctuary” where He is located?
If God is dwelling in me, how can I stay in fellowship with Him when I am so void of perfection?
If God is dwelling in me, why do I need to visualize Him as being far off in heaven? Why not understand that I am His and He resides IN and WITH me?
If God is dwelling in me, because He has bought me, why do I believe my imperfections immediately and completely void that purchase price and return me to Satan’s ownership?
If God is dwelling in me, why is that fellowship not more comforting?
If God is dwelling in me, what assurance is associated with that indwelling?
If God is dwelling in me, why do I believe my imperfections kick God out and they return me to Satan’s ownership and his indwelling?
If my imperfection ends God’s indwelling in me and I am returned to Satan’s ownership, wouldn’t that mean I also lose my citizenship titles/labels/designations and blessings?
If Satan indwells me, would I not belong to the one who is in me?
How can one have two masters if God is kicked out and Satan takes His place?
If God is no longer in me, how can I still be in Christ (be in his body, the church)?
If immersion in water put me in the body of Christ, how can I bypass that action if I am no longer IN Christ and want to get back in his body?
Does Jesus’ blood only remove an alien’s sinner’s sins so he may become a member of Jesus’ sinless body, but does not cleanse those committed by one who is aa member of that body?
If Jesus’ blood is insufficient in removing imperfections while one is IN Christ, wouldn’t that mean I must be bought from my sins over and over after each infraction? Would the conclusion not be that Jesus shed his blood for alien sinners, not for those who are redeemed and IN his saved body of believers?
Paul was concerned about his flesh serving the law of sin even though he was serving the law of God with his mind (Romans 7:25)? He considered himself a “wretched man” and wanted to know who could deliver him out of this predicament (verse 24). He ends the chapter by saying Jesus is the answer to his sin problem! He then informs the Roman audience, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (8:1). He continues by informing all who will listen that he has “been made free from the law of sin and death” (8:2). In verse 9 Paul reveals to the Roman saints that they “are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit.” He shows how that is possible. The “Spirit of God dwells in you”!
God takes up his abode in each one He adds to the saved (Acts 2:41, 47. We are His HOLY Temple. He continues to remove all impurities and keeps us cleansed by His grace through the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Rejoice! Jesus has paid it all.